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Faces, Places (Visages, villages)

(French with English Subtitles): This quite charming film pairs two artists – Agnes Varda, an 88-year-old veteran of photography and film, with JR, a 33-year-old photographer who travels in his van taking life-size (and larger than life) photographs. The two of them decided to tour around France in JR’s van, visiting villages and taking pictures of the people. What happens is marvelous. They take photographs, blow them up, and paste them on the sides of buildings, ship containers, and other structures. In the course of their travels, they honor the citizens with whom they engage, tease each other about their differences, and bridge artistic similarities and differences to create art that is beautiful and meaningful. I loved the relationship that developed between the two of them. Big thumbs up for a film that is a remarkable testament to the power of art and the power of intergenerational collaboration. I wished the movie had provided more information about them individually. I read further and discovered that many recognize Agnes Varda as one of the founders of the French New Wave and that JR is a well-known French photographer whose real identity is not known (he reminds me of the graffiti artist Banksy).

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